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Why It’s So Hard to Fight Wildlife Crime | Nat Geo Live

Why It’s So Hard to Fight Wildlife Crime | Nat Geo Live

While backpacking through Africa, Naftali Honig became aware of the corruption driving wildlife crime. Realizing he wanted to do something about it, Honig co-founded the EAGLE Network with the main goal of bringing wildlife traffickers to justice.
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While backpacking through Africa after finishing college, 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Naftali Honig came face-to-face with the corruption driving wildlife trafficking. After watching a commercial bush-meat trader bust while knowing the poacher would never face serious punishment, Honig knew he had to do something. Instead of going to medical school like he had been planning, Honig co-founded the EAGLE Network with a group of activists. The organization’s main goal is to bring wildlife traffickers to justice, and so far the EAGLE Network has succeeded in jailing more than a thousand wildlife traffickers while winning many international awards for its work. Honig takes the stage to share his passion for wildlife and to talk about why fighting wildlife crime is hard.

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  1. Seriously. Why are we not looking at the root of the problem, the consumers! Punish the consumers so there is no demand for the supply.

  2. amen to how it works. i see poaching every day where i live. they get away with it because of law enforcement are in on it.

  3. Wish you could arrest him for life.

  4. I love what you're doing and i believe it's very important. You are only treating a symptom however. Provide a better alternative and, yes, make it so that the trade is no longer worth the risk. Economics will balance the scale if the reward is not worth the risk and a better alternative is available.

  5. The industrialized lands have destroyed almost all nature.

    Make it llegal for westeners to travel to africa. Limiting the capital available will reduce the corruption.

  6. or you have to do is put a bullet in their head job done simele as that

  7. We can't forget Trump's horrible spawn kills exotic animals for fun.

  8. Never seen someone so pissed over it like this guy. (y)

  9. Impressive video on a depressing topic.

  10. 1:47 call AK Mag a clip. TRIGGER!!!!!!!!!

  11. What should I do if I know there's a huge tusk in someone's home? it's so cruel and I don't know how those people go to sleep at night.

  12. It pains me to see this situation… A lot of poaching /trafficking is present in Latin America as well, so i appreciate when this problem gets discussed, so that we can finally work to solve the situation. Thanks for your work!

  13. 2 years? That's it?? You get longer sentences for shoplifting!! Unbelievable

  14. If you really fighting crime how come you didn't burn the seazed ivory?

  15. Lives can be spared, there are 7 billion of us, and none of them. Violence is the unfortunate solution…

  16. sometimes i think is it just easier and better to meet this fuckers and put a bullet in their head, just like they do it with all the animals.

  17. as wildlife management technician we agree to improve the status of same fauna in in Africa special albertine lift region .Rwanda student of kccem DWM

  18. is he standing on a carpet?

  19. I commend this group's work and message against wildlife traffickers. They are doing actions while most of us are just throwing opinions around. There are also people who are educating the public. I think that only until the demand for ivory is diminished will the suppliers/traffickers keep working. You can put them in jail, but the demand will always attract their replacements. Generation after generation until there is no more demand.

  20. Wtf I hate him I seen him before in the internet

  21. A person kills an animal, the same person gets dealt with by the same type of animal, oh wait… people get put above "all" else, well, another fart against thunder!!

  22. Puzzle never being solved:
    Who is right – Hunter, who is defending his boys from the lioness; or lioness who is defending her young lions from the hunter?

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